a handy little sloop
bermuda rigged
with leg-o-mutton main

her carvel hull
of florida pine
had creamed the sea
for forty years

a solid mast
reared up the sails
that drove her
the sea-hog leaps
between the hunger
of sharp reefs
to where the wind
blew with wild eyes
and nights
were pin-holed
by the crystal salt

a handy
sloop the bee





Milner Place was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1930. Lived a varied and travelled life, including working in copper mines in South Africa, consultant in South America, photographer in Canary Isles, timber faller, journalist, barman, farm manager, night watchman, filling station attendant, hotelier, and 11 years as captain of working sailing vessels and yachts. Lively events were a smuggling run to Algiers during its war, and having to leave Ecuador post haste or face a charge of piracy. He also did some ocean races with the Count of Barcelona, father of the present King of Spain. Spent 3 years in Mexico, where he wrote his first poems in Spanish, which produced a small collection in Spain.

Took to writing poems in English in his late fifties, and has since had 10 poetry books published. The latest is a selection from all his books, The man who had forgotten the names of trees, Moloko Print, by the editor Ralf Friel, with artwork from the noted artist Harald Haeuser. This volume also includes an essay on his work by the late Todd Moore.

He has worked for BBC radio and television, as writer and presenting his poems.

Is proud to be an editor emeritus on PoetryCircle.

Contact via email at milnerplace@msn.com. This collection of poems is from his forthcoming book called The Stream, from PoetryCircle Press.